I remember it was around the year 2008 when I finally had my very own computer. Don’t get me wrong, we have a computer at home, but it was meant for everyone’s use.
I invested on my very own computer for the sake of working at home. My medical transcription job back then had given me that chance. To tell you truth, that was my sole purpose – to work in the comforts of home.
Well, being someone who had never had her very own computer before and only been forced to study computer classes for the sake of grades during school years, I never knew how to take care of my computer. I just know how to use it. I normally depended on my brothers whenever I encountered a problem on our shared computer – may it be a hardware or software issue, or both.
Luckily, with my own computer, I can depend on my husband for my troubles (he is kind of my personal technical support ) – so guess what, I did not feel the need to actually learn anything and everything about computer problems. However, there are times I thought I had to start learning the basics of troubleshooting my own computer, especially when my husband is not around. Most of the times I had to wait for him to fix it up and that’s only when I can continue my work with it.
The years go by and I learn bit by bit. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to learn things and ask my husband for clarity and further examples so I can truly understand.
The first time I encountered a fake antivirus program (I didn’t know it was fake back then), I thought I was doing my computer a favor. It was really convincing, and I thought, “Way to go, Johanna, you have done something wrong again with your computer, as always!” My initial reaction was that I was kind of surprised how I got the virus and at the same time I was relieved it was found out. Guess what – for me, it was really tempting to hit that button and do the scan it was offering. Being unable to help myself from clicking it, I did it and..see the photo below on what happened next..
I was dumbfounded to see there are threats found on my computer, without even my husband being aware of it! I was really tempted to click that “Full System Cleanup” button, but something came over me and I decided to wait for my husband, as I looked at the time and thought he was going to be home any minute soon. When he got home, I showed it to him. He said, “Move over. Let’s see.”
After a few clicks, it turns out it was a fake. Boy, I thought, I nearly killed my computer. If ever I had clicked on that Full System Cleanup button, who knows what headaches that simple action might have had cost me – uh, I mean my husband. One thing’s for sure though, it would cost me my work-at-home job. Lucky me my husband was there, as always.
Yesterday, I submitted my second guest post regarding fake security software or otherwise known as Rogueware. It is now published at TechPatio.com which is exclusively owned by Klaus, a knowledgeable techie himself as well as a very enthusiastic Apple user.
Click the link below to head over there to learn more about how these rogueware work and how to determine if you are being offered a free scan that can actually become your computer’s worst nightmare.
Please feel free to comment there and here. Your views, questions and suggestions are most welcome!
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PS. If ever I will encounter this kind of virus (image below), I would surely welcome it with open arms!
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